As Twitchy reported Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet arguing for Washington, D.C. statehood that was more morally right than factually correct, as she tends to be. According to AOC, D.C. was the first “territory” to free the slaves.
She soon tweeted that “the right is pushing back on this,” saying that “certain localities and municipalities did pursue abolition earlier, but none were federally recognized.”
As an example, we’ll defer to Charles C. W. Cooke as one of those on the right pushing back on AOC’s tweet:
I'm genuinely interested to know what AOC means by this. The first sovereign entity to ban slavery in America was Vermont in 1777. The first state was Pennsylvania in 1780. Is this one of those technical arguments revolving around the word "territory"? https://t.co/VPF6gIS6rS
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 20, 2019
Fortunately, Ocasio-Cortez had The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau to “mansplain” her tweet.
I think she means during the Civil War, which I believe is mostly accurate. Emancipation in DC came before the emancipation proclamation, which itself left slavery in place in the border states.https://t.co/LrY91kmG6H
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) September 20, 2019
— Mr. Nuclear Cocaine (@MrNukemCocaine) September 21, 2019
AOC has the whole press running blocker for her….. https://t.co/nHXHZC1Zmw
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) September 22, 2019
She was wrong, just admit it and move on.
— kc2fargo (@kc2fargo) September 21, 2019
Vermont still abolished slavery before DC
— Vareck The Sarcastic Jew (@BornGerman) September 21, 2019
I think she means, "well, you know what I mean"
— Gary Berg (@GaryBerg100752) September 20, 2019
— Kyle Beckley (@Kyle_Beckley) September 21, 2019
Lol. Bro, take the L. If she’s the “big girl” she thinks she is, you don’t need to make up excuses for her.
— Is RBG Dead Yet?👩🏼⚖️ (@IsRBGDeadYet) September 22, 2019
Reality: her press staffer isn’t that well-informed, wrote an ignorant tweet, then needed some kind of ass-pull to save face for the account.
More importantly, why do we all continue participate in this delusion that politicians author their own tweets?
— JoggingWithBurritos (@JoggingBurrito) September 21, 2019
Because we can’t picture Ocasio-Cortez doing much else than tweeting.
Who knows what she means. She probably doesn’t know either.
— commonsense (@commonsense258) September 20, 2019
Not what she said. Good try at white knighting though.
— karenWV (@kelsieA67) September 21, 2019
Maybe she will like your tweet, fanboy🙄
— jennydee (@jenndee19) September 21, 2019
She's still not gonna date you, bro.
— Area51GateGuard (@llcthecableguy) September 21, 2019
— C. K. Dexter Haven (@DouglasShrugged) September 22, 2019
I think maybe she’s old enough to not need help explaining herself.
— Au H2O Repub (Tater) (@TeeKayTex) September 21, 2019
She got it wrong.
— RBe (@RBPundit) September 22, 2019
— Zach (@zwatson18) September 21, 2019
It’s the media fire fighters to the rescue… pic.twitter.com/SsQMM7HVIU
— John (@Bearcat50) September 22, 2019
Defending her ignorance of history is not a good look…
— Jorj X McKie (@jjs92285) September 21, 2019
No, she was wrong.
And, now, so are you.
— Robin Josephette Biden II (@RobinJosephette) September 22, 2019
So if you twist it, it’s kinda right?
— Kevin Soon (@kmwsoon) September 20, 2019
No. Just no. Why are you carrying water for her? Ideology? Your job should preclude that
— BD (@BDiddyNoVA) September 22, 2019
So great of you to give her so much credit, can't wait for you to do that to anyone other than the Democrats you work for
— FreeTin (@Cylina) September 22, 2019
Maybe you could print out a flow chart or definition sheet to let us all know what she actually means everytime she says something that is totally false.
— Fraunkenstine (@ristine_kevin) September 21, 2019
Dude. You're gonna dislocate your shoulder reaching that hard.
— Stonecold steve-o (@SteveHague10) September 22, 2019
AOC, fed up with conservatives 'pushing back' against her American history/civics fail, opts to dig her grave a little deeper https://t.co/4Zza2Bij6u
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 20, 2019